Taiwan, Singapore and Jersey are at the top of the list of fastest internet speeds in the world – the UK is in 33rd place and the US is in 15th place in the Global League rankings.
The average download speed in Taiwan is 85 megabits per second and that speed only takes eight seconds to download an HD movie.
Researchers at WebsiteToolTester studied data submitted by internet users through online speed tests, excluded all data with a clear error and brought them together to create the global rankings.
The average speed for the earth has risen from around 9 Mbps in 2017 to just over 11 Mbps in 2019 – which researchers have recorded in infrastructure improvements.
They also found that 18 of the 25 best countries with the fastest internet speeds in Europe were – with the fastest coming from the small island of Jersey – with speeds of 67 Mbps – 100 percent higher than the UK.
The top ten countries in the field of internet speeds are Taiwan, Singapore, Jersey, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Norway
To collect the data, they did speed tests conducted online by people around the world – analyzing billions of different tests to compile the global league of results.
There are risks associated with this approach – people are more likely to take a speed test when there is a problem and the reported average speed is slower than the available speed due to slower WiFi or home connections.
HOW DO YOU FIND WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE THE FASTEST INTERNET?
To discover which countries around the world have seen the largest increase in internet speeds, researchers have studied the results of speed tests submitted by users.
- Experts from WebsiteToolTester analyzed data from billions of speed tests worldwide
- They use open data collected by M-Lab to make national average speed figures
- There are 207 countries and territories in the results with new entries from San Marino and Greenland.
- They exclude the results of each test with a clear network error that skews the result
- They try to send as much data as possible for ten seconds
- They exclude a country from the list if there are fewer than 100 unique IP addresses that have completed a successful test
“This is why the country averages appear lower than you would expect in comparison to first-hand experiences,” said the report’s authors.
“But since the average of each country will have this shortcoming – congenital to speed tests – the relative placement in the global competition is relatively healthy.”
They said the aim of the study was to provide a class of “relative broadband speeds,” not absolute measures of bandwidth – so the errors give a more realistic picture.
The smallest ranked European country in the competition was the small island of Jersey – the average download speed was reported as 67.4 Mbps and it only takes 10 seconds to download a movie.
This is not really a surprise, according to Andrew Ferguson of ThinkBroadband, and an independent internet speed comparison service that studies UK networks.
“The improved nature of Jersey is highly anticipated because the island has completely replaced the introduction of the entire ADSL2 + network,” he said.
“Although there is a reservation about the sample size for Jersey with 551 different IP addresses of about 40,000 buildings, i.e. it is a small sample and this may mean that the confidence levels are much lower.”
The slowest country in the world for broadband speeds is Yemen where it would take more than 30 minutes to download a movie from a 300 Kbps internet connection – that’s just a third of a megabit and slower than even 3G mobile internet.
The picturesque island of Jersey is known for agriculture, finance, and gives its name to fabrics – but among the rolling hills, cows and the fishing industry hide one of the fastest broadband networks in the world
The researchers say that Europe has more countries in the top 25 than any other continent – 18 in total – partly due to improvements in infrastructure, including fiber-optic cables replacing copper.
In Jersey, the entire island is connected via fiber optics – rather than slower copper pipes – that enters every household and every business, rather than the closet as in most of the UK.
Daragh McDermott, Corporate Affairs Director at JT Jersey, was the first jurisdiction in the world to connect every home and business to a full fiber optic network – a “hugely challenging but extremely rewarding program.”
“The results now pay huge dividends in terms of JT’s customer experience and economic activity in Jersey in general.
“Since this analysis has been completed, the guaranteed minimum broadband speeds have doubled from 250 Mbit / s to 500 Mbit / s and we intend to increase this to 1 Gbit / s in the very near future.”
Robert Brandl, CEO of WebsiteToolTester said that there was nothing more frustrating than low internet speeds, especially when they stop you from working or making contact with people.
“It is interesting to see business hubs such as Taiwan and Singapore mixed with smaller countries such as Jersey in the top countries that lead the way at high internet speeds.”
Taiwan’s internet speeds have improved in recent years and this growth of the overall internet connection was essential for the country, according to Brandl.
“High-tech is Taiwan’s most critical industry, contributing to 18 percent of the country’s GDP, with electronic manufacturing companies forming the bulk of the industry,” the report said.
This has prompted the government of Taiwan to invest heavily in digital infrastructure to ensure that they have very high speeds for companies.
“Cross-border trade in online shopping continues to grow strongly in Taiwan, with huge steps to develop a digital economy that includes digital media and e-services,” the report says.
The UK is in 33rd position in the global internet speed ranking, but has seen a 35 percent increase in annual rates – the fastest nation is Taiwan at speeds 117 percent faster than the UK
Not all internet speed surveys match the WebsiteToolTester rating – according to ThinkBroadband, the average average download speed in the UK is actually 39.3 Mbps.
This is based on users submitting speed test results from their own broadband and because not everyone takes the fastest package – the test is not based on the ‘fastest available speed’, but the average people experience it.
“The average average speeds look much lower than you would expect,” said Andrew Ferguson of ThinkBroadband.
“This is not only in the UK, if you look at the Republic of Korea that has Gigabit broadband available for most of the country, you would expect speeds like those of Jersey.”
The top ten internet speed countries are Taiwan, Singapore, Jersey, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Norway – you can use the above tool to find out more.
All top ten have seen an increase in speeds between 2018 and 2019 based on the data studied by the researchers with the largest increase from Jersey who jumped by 190 percent.
In 2017, Jersey was in 14th position with average speeds of 23.3 MBbps, a year later it moved to 10th place at 30.9 Mbps and last year saw a peak at 67.46 Mbps.
The United Kingdom, on the other hand, has remained relatively stable on an annual basis – from an average speed of 16.51 Mbps in 2017 to 22.37 Mbps in 2019 – that is an increase of 35 percent, but is still in 34th place.
OpenReach, the company responsible for much of the internet infrastructure in the UK, is working on building a gigabit capable full fiber optic network to four million homes by next year.
They say millions of homes already have access to broadband speeds above 30 Mbps through their network, but many customers have not upgraded to the faster connections available to them.
Andrew Ferguson of ThinkBroadband has confirmed that. He said that consumer choice should be considered when looking at broadband speeds because most people do not want the fastest and most expensive connection.
“If everyone did this in the UK, the average would be more than 357 Mbps, but this would cost people more money because the fastest options generally cost more.”
|42||Republic of Korea||19.18|
|58||Trinidad and Tobago||12.9|
|60||Republic of Moldova||11.56|
|61||American virgin islands||11.45|
|63||Isle of Man||11.04|
|67||United Arab Emirates||9.62|
|73||Turks and Caicos Islands||8.78|
|79||Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba||7.92|
|86||Bosnia and Herzegovina||7.53|
|95||St Kitts and Nevis||6.16|
|99||Antigua and Barbuda||5.91|
|104||Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan||5.2|
|126||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||3.81|
|156||Papua New Guinea||2.47|
|178||eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)||1.45|
|190||Democratic Republic of Congo||1.1|
|197||Republic of Congo||0.93|
|199||So Tom and Pr¡ncipe||0.87|
|206||Democratic Republic of Timor Leste||0.45|